Laurence F. Abbott, Ph.D.

William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience, Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Laurence F. Abbott, Ph.D., is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience and Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Abbott uses computer simulation and mathematics to model individual neurons, their interactions within neural circuits, and to learn how those circuits combine to process and store information. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has received several awards, including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience in 2010, and the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize in 2013; and he has served on several editorial boards including Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, and Current Opinion in Neurobiology. Dr. Abbott received his Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.